A year ago Bill Oliver had no interest in remaining on the Booneville School Board. Now he wants four more years.

Five actually, including the one he is about to complete.

When Oliver’s term on the board was winding down last year he let it be known he did not intend to seek reelection. But, because nobody filed for the seat Oliver was faced with the decision to resign, become a non-participating member subject to removal or continue for one more year.

He chose the latter. Now, with a minimum of four seats on the board up, Oliver has decided he will campaign for the remaining four years of the term for the seat he currently holds.

Oliver said given the shortage of takers last year and because there are so many seats available this year, "I feel like I should stick around for a while."

Oliver must campaign to remain in the seat because nobody has been elected to the position.

Oliver, or anyone else seeking ballot positions for the upcoming school election could start turning in petitions to the Logan County Clerk in her offices in Booneville or Paris at noon yesterday (July 2). The deadline for turning in petitions is noon on Tuesday, July 9.

Petitions must contain at least 20 signatures of registered voters who are residents of the school district. Ballot positions will be drawn at 1 p.m. on July 9, in the County Clerk’s office.

The annual school election will be held on Sept. 17. Polls will open at 7:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. Early voting will begin on Sept. 10 and end at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 16.

Persons not registered to vote have until Aug. 18 to do so in order to vote in the election.

Current board president Bobby Cobb’s term is expiring, as is board member Mike Farris. The fourth open seat was created when Sam Tabler resigned his position at the close of the June school board meeting.

Cobb indicated last week he would be seeking a second five year term on the board.

"I just think we’re in good shape right now and I would like to be in there to help some more," said Cobb. "I think we’re going in the right direction with the administration and we’ve got some good things coming and I want to be a part of it."

The seats held by both Cobb and Farris are open for five year terms. Anyone seeking to replace Tabler will be doing so for the final two years of that term.